Ed, my old neighbour in Saskatchewan, always has his timing on track every Halloween. This year he was dressed up in a Deadpool Muscle Chest Costume. He looked impressive, and with the mask, no one could identify him. He admits that although he had the extra-large size, the fit was tight. I had not heard of Deadpool. I was not aware of him as a Marvel comic character or as a character in a movie or two. Ed felt it was time I paid more attention to the various hero and villain characters that everyone else knows about but me.
I admit to being unaware of the many heroes and the villains in movies and books. The time that I spend watching movies is on comedies. Even in picking movies, few people have the time to watch every film that is a new release or the many older ones. Timing is always about priorities. You can not watch every movie at the same time. You must see one movie and then another according to your preference of now or later.
For Christians, God’s timing is everything. Our time of birth and death are in his hands. The Bible says, “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad to consider God has made one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?”
In our lives, it can seem that something happened so quickly that we did not have time to react to it. It also can happen that we acted quickly in response to a circumstance, but it was too late to do any good. Sometimes we are not sure what we should do and feel it is not the time to do anything until we have more information. The Bible instructs us to think of our time as short and how we spend our time as extremely important.
We live in a world that seems to manage without God. Many believe that there is no need for God in the living of their lives. It is not hard for every one of us to become self-absorbed and self-serving. Some caught in natural disasters like fire or flood begin to question their ability to manage their life. Sometimes only a crisis will shake our confidence that we can take care of ourselves.
There are the ongoing times of our inability to control the destruction of cancer, opioid drugs, addiction, abuse, and a death that should not have occurred yet. Before us is the question, “Who can I trust when I cannot depend on myself or others. Who can I trust in crippling snow or ice, tornado, earthquake, flood, or drought? Who can do what I cannot do?”
Will you trust God to accomplish good in the timing of your life when you find yourself powerless? May you be able to say that your help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. May you trust that God watches over your life without sleeping. He is your helper and keeper or your solid foundation that cannot be moved. (Paraphrase of Psalm 121)